Following reintroductions of young and immature Bearded Vultures in the Alps since 1986 (117 birds up to and including 2003), small numbers have settled in Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy, raising (up till 2003) a total of 14 fledglings. Concurrent with this increase, Bearded Vultures started to show up in western and northern Europe, as for example 7 individuals in The Netherlands (in 1997-99 and 2000-01) and 2 birds in northern Denmark in 2003 (one of which was presumably the same as recorded crossing the Skagerrak towards Sweden on 26 May 2003; it was recorded in Norway on 13 June 2003.